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Advocacy for Inclusive Social Accountability

Transparency is an essential tool of governance as it enables the government to interact openly with the people and creates room for accountability. The Federal Government sought to deepen institutional and policy reforms, which led to Nigeria joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in July 2016 as the 70th country, the essence of this report is to combat corrupt practices, and make transparent data more accessible to her citizens at all time. Flowing the commendable commitments of various initiatives such as the Future Project initiative- YMonitor through the Freedom of Information Project, youths have been part of the change process. The FOI project designed to further increase awareness & interest in the Act. It served as an effective benchmark towards sustaining the increasing multi-culture of demanding transparency in governance system. To be equipped with social accountability tools, during a rigorous  public capacity building demand workshop on the Freedom of Information Act advocacy, 2011. I began to recognize the critical importance of sustainable peace and justice, following the complexities the country face in respect disunity as attributed to corrupt practices and mismanagement of public funds in developing nations. Serving as an impact contributor in my capacity, tagged an FOI Ambassador across Nigeria, I began engaging young and youthful people in my immediate community in Kano. Along my leadership journey so far, I had learned to approach challenges using compassion and demonstration, collaboration and sustainable commitment. Tasked to amplifying the awareness as well publicize of the FOI Act to at least 300 young people using the request guide as i was trained to, I engaged change makers and among university community from Enactus and Rotaract Club of Bayero University- Patience Obande, Abdullahi Agbem Abdulrahaman and Faruq Ahmed.
As changemaker and impact contributors, i understood how vital primarily engaging at risk youths in tertiary institutions about their rights to open access of public financial information as a well of political education, 188 copies of the FOI guide in my position were distributed to Rotarians of Dala-Sunrise Kano, Again District 9125, i also advice and students see reason we are the changemaker in Federal college of Education, Kano. There were other 73 copies were distributed to members of the National Youth Service Corps during their Community Development Service session to help in orientation camp, with further copies donated to the Kano State library for future use.
I also ensure during this processes, I discovered a deeper understanding of an injustice such as corruption is not enough as the result of information gap, but taking action to reflect and close the gap, inspire others to join you in tackling the injustice is fundamental to one’s journey to meaningfully contribute towards better outcomes freedom of information act, for peace. As we can remember The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 have set a course for all active global citizens, one that ensures inclusiveness of every  young people not as a matter of mere justice and rights and responsibility but as well as of necessity. In acting to this has i continued to strengthen the commitment to uphold accountability in my jurisdiction, transparency and ultimately the fight to not ‘leave anyone behind’. Presented by As FOI ambassador Olumide Areo who is a changemaker deemed it vital to published this article with the support of my colleague Ambassador Emmanuel Igwe committed to contributing positively to the current challenges of poverty and inequality in Nigeria, Africa and beyond. As a Project Pakati changemaker; he contributed to the development of a proposed mandate of political structure for global best practices on advisory councils of young leaders in Africa. The results is successfully convened recommendations for the African Union’s Office adoption of the Youth Envoy The highlight emphasis of ‘Greater Inclusion of African Youths in Public Service and Governance Report’ as matter of urgent. August 2020. He is a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award recipient, recognized with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for humanitarian efforts. He is from Nigeria.

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